I am not normally a big fan of maple but the unique flavor and undeniable cuteness of these cookies was just too much to resist. The cookies were chewy and spicy while the frosting was sweet and creamy. The color and cut-outs of these cookies were so adorable and added lots of charm to my cookie trays! They were by far the favorite cookie among our friends and Joel’s co-workers.
Ruthanne from Easy Baked recommends using a Linzer Cookie Cutter but since I didn’t have one, I used my biggest biscuit cutter and mini Chrismtas cutters for the middles. And make sure to roll the cookies out thin. Some of mine were a little thick and when they cooked the cut-outs didn’t keep their shape as well.
Maple Cream Gingersnaps
recipe from Easy Baked
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark molasses
2 Tbsp. vinegar
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp. maple flavoring
Gel food coloring
1. Cream together butter and sugar.
2. Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
3. Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
4. Chill 2-3 hours (this is important– the dough is very easy to roll after chilling)
5. Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board (thinner is better!)
6. Cut dough into small, equally-sized cookies (if you want to make cookies with cute cut-outs on one side, you can use a Linzer cutter from Wilton or be creative like I did using a biscuit cutter for the rounds and mini Christmas cookie cutters for the middle – only cut middles out of half).
7. Place on greased cookie sheets.
8. Bake at 375 degrees for about 7-10 minutes. Check often- take out when cookies have risen and are easily removed from sheet.
9. To make maple cream, combine powdered sugar, melted butter and a little water until a thick frosting consistency is reached.
10. Add maple flavoring (you can add vanilla if you don’t like maple)
11. Divide cream into 2 bowls and color as desired with food coloring.
12. Frost one cookie’s back and top with another cookie. The filling will harden up and make these very easy to store and serve.